This morning I poured water into a small kettle, brought it to a boil and added oatmeal.  Five minutes later I spooned it into a bowl with flowers on it and proceeded to choose my condiments.  I picked up the salt shaker and added a few shakes.  I opened the fridge and reached for the cream and bottle of pure maple syrup.  I love cream and maple syrup on my oatmeal, but thinking of my health I limited myself to a small splash of each.  I ate a few bites and decided it just wasn’t worth eating unless I poured on a generous helping of cream and an even more generous amount of maple syrup.  I sat down once again and truly enjoyed every bite of maple syrup and cream with my oatmeal.

I think my actions and life in general might be a little more palatable to others if I just added a gallon or so of sweetness to my actions rather than a stingy little dab.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  (Galatians 5:22)  If you stop to think about it fruit is sweet, so we could look at this text and say that the fruit of the Spirit in our lives will provide the sweetness of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.